Greg Stern

Former Global Integration Counsel at

My Articles

The Real Threats to Personal Privacy

Most people have no idea how valuable their personal information is and therefore how carefully they should guard it. Or from whom they should be guarding it. Right now, one of the biggest threat vectors is that most of the internet economy runs on advertising; advertising runs on targeted ads; and targeted ads run on what many properly informed people would conclude is information they would prefer to keep private.

Cloudy with a Good Chance of Increased Global Warming

The amount of digital content keeps growing exponentially. This obviously has tremendous environmental implications. At three percent of the global electricity supply, and accounting for about two percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, data centers have the same carbon footprint as the aviation industry.

The Problem With Patents

Over the past several years, using patents to protect innovation has become increasingly complicated as technology itself has exploded in sophistication and complexity. This is especially true in the realm of software. In the United States, patents are currently being used as both swords and shields in attacks on software innovation. This dynamic tension is most evident in the context of so-called patent assertion entities (PAEs) or nonpracticing entities (NPEs), otherwise known in the geek community as “patent trolls.”